How Wonder Woman Got Into Harvard

Jill Lepore. Photo by Tony RinaldoJill Lepore. Photo by Tony Rinaldo

The noted author Jill Lepore BI ’00, the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard and a staff writer at the New Yorker, gave a spirited lecture on Wonder Woman in late October at the Radcliffe Institute.

Lepore’s new book, The Secret History of Wonder Woman—which she dedicated to her mentor Nancy F. Cott—had just been published to enthusiastic reviews. Cott is the former Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library and a professor of history in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

In writing her book, Lepore drew on material from the Schlesinger’s collections.

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